Root Causes of Wildlife Trafficking

Root Causes of Wildlife Trafficking

Adams Cassinga

15 years: Wildlife Activist

Wildlife trafficking can't be solved with one monolithic approach because the causes are multi-faceted. Join Adams Cassinga as he explores the root causes of wildlife trafficking.

Wildlife trafficking can't be solved with one monolithic approach because the causes are multi-faceted. Join Adams Cassinga as he explores the root causes of wildlife trafficking.

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Root Causes of Wildlife Trafficking

8 mins 56 secs

Overview

Wildlife trafficking has many causes - from local opposition to lack of education and law enforcement. These are surmountable problems but will require global education and empowerment. This is coming at a crucial time, with the looming climate and biodiversity crisis. Poaching is becoming unsustainable and the people in charge of protection, park rangers, are risking their own murder in the line of duty.

Key learning objectives:

  • Outline the different causes of wildlife trafficking

  • Understand why poaching is unsustainable

  • Understand the plight of park rangers

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Summary
What are the root causes of wildlife trafficking? 
1. The locals were kicked out once the areas were designated as protected. And this means that they will act in bitterness to overturn conservation efforts. Empowering the local community is vital to help conservation. 

2. There is a lack of education worldwide about wildlife trafficking. It is especially important for government officials, court officials, researchers and the wider world to acknowledge that there is a problem. 

3. There is a lack of law enforcement. 

Why is poaching unsustainable? 
Poaching is one of the worst forms of resource depletion. Once an animal has been killed, you have eliminated the chance of that animal continuing its lineage and eventually poachers will have nothing left to exploit. 

What are the problems that park rangers face? 
Being a park ranger is a hugely dangerous job, with park rangers being murdered in the line of duty just for protecting the local wildlife and biodiversity. And this comes at a crucial time where protecting wildlife is of the utmost importance. 

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Adams Cassinga

Adams Cassinga

Adams Cassinga, a wildlife activist and honorary park ranger of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, works for Conserve Congo, a nonprofit organisation in Central Africa focusing on combating wildlife trafficking. As a wildlife criminal investigator, he also serves as a park ranger in the DRC.

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